January 20, 2016


Lupita Nyong'o "Disappointed" by Oscars' "Lack of Inclusion"

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences controversially failed to nominate a single actor of color in any of the 20 acting spots for the 2016 Oscars. Days later, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs wrote that she was "heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion," promising "dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership." Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith, George Clooney and David Oyelowo have also added their voices to the fray.

Today it's 2014 Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o going in. Her comment came on Instagram, in a post hashtagged #manystoriesmanyvoices and captioned with a James Baldwin quote: "Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." Here's Nyong'o's full comment:

Since the Kenyan actress broke out with 2013's 12 Years a Slave, she's appeared in just two roles, one of them motion-capture (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and one as a flight attendant in a Liam Neeson movie. This spring she'll appear in voice only in Disney's new Jungle Book.

The day after the 2016 Oscar nominations arrived, host Chris Rock called the show "the White BET Awards" on Twitter. Here's the full list of noms; the show airs Feb. 28.